Flooding, landslides claim at least 18 lives in  Sao Paulo

TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) – At least 18 people have died due to landslides and flooding in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, the governor said on Sunday.

"I am following with great sadness the damage caused by heavy rains in (São Paulo)," João Doria, current Governor of São Paulo, wrote on Twitter in a post with photos taken during a flight over the affected region, Daily Sabah reported.

"My condolences to the families and friends of the 18 people killed," Doria added.

Five of the dead, from Várzea Paulista, belonged to one family, according to the news website G1. In Embu das Artes, three members of one family died. It has been raining heavily in São Paulo over the past few days. Brazil's most populous state, with more than 40 million people.

Three weeks ago, at least 10 people were killed by landslides and floods in the neighboring state of Minas Gerais.

Inclimate weather may also have led to a tragic accident in which a rock broke off from a cliff and crashed onto a tourist boat on the Furnas reservoir, killing 10 people.

Earlier, the state of Bahia, bordering Minas Gerais to the northeast, had experienced the worst flooding in more than 30 years.

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